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Venue confusion rocks start of June exams

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By Tobias Mudzingwa

The Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (Zimsec) June examinations have commenced amid confusion this Monday morning as candidates whose centers were changed last minute had to move to the new venues.

Zimsec on Sunday condemned several schools across the country as unfit to host examinations as they were Covid-19 quarantine centres.

A visit by Star FM to some of the schools in Harare revealed that some candidates were undoubtedly late for their first exams. Those who spoke to our reporter who were supposed to initially write their examinations at Churchill and Roosevelt High schools in Harare, but were moved to Admiral Tait Primary school, seemed to have known of this development from their original centres.

Many candidates as well as parents, professed ignorance on the changes in venues and laid the blame on the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education for the delay in announcing the changes.

Asked if they did not have challenges with transport to reach the exam centres , word was that law enforcement agents manning roadblocks across the city were forthcoming and understanding.

The exam centres under survey showed that students were wearing their masks and hand sanitizing was being conducted at all points of entry.

However, access to check social distancing within classrooms was denied.